This is the time of year when we see more drunk driving accidents than any other season. During the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, more people are injured and killed in DUI accidents in Georgia than any other time of the year. The same is true across the country. And, while drunk driving accidents are down overall, in Georgia, they’re actually higher this year than the last few years.
This is why the Governor’s Office in Georgia has teamed up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in their “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The state troopers, police officers and sheriff’s deputies in Georgia will institute a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to drunk driving.
The campaign kicked off at 6 am on Friday, December 20 and will continue through 6 am on January 2, 2020. Anyone stopped under suspicion of drunk or drugged driving will be arrested and taken to jail. There will be no breaks given and no discretion used by police officers.
There was a press conference in Stone Mountain Wednesday. This is the one and only warning law enforcement will give drivers about the dangers of drunk driving. This is in response to the fact that over 10,000 people were injured in drunk driving accidents in this country last year. And, just in December, there were more than 800 people killed in DUI related accidents last year. The hope is to avoid a repeat of these tragedies this holiday season.
If you’re thinking about going out for a few cocktails this holiday season, make sure you don’t get behind the wheel. If you do, you will be stopped and you will be arrested. No questions asked. And, if you are arrested for DUI, make sure you call our Athens DUI lawyers right away.